Progress

Progress

Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

Book - 2016
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Its on the televisions, in the papers and in our minds. Every day were bludgeoned by news of how bad everything is financial collapse, unemployment, growing poverty, environmental disasters, disease, hunger, war. But the rarely acknowledged reality is that the economic and social progress of the past few decades has been unprecedented and that by almost any index you care to identify, things are markedly better now than they have ever been for almost everyone alive. Examining official data from the worlds most trusted institutions like the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization, political commentator Johan Norberg traces just how far we have come in tackling the greatest global problems. None of them have been eradicated, but as Norberg shows we now have a good idea of the solutions and have started to implement them in most areas. We know what it will take to see this progress continue. Dramatic, uplifting and sure to be divisive,Progress is a call for optimism in our pessimistic, doom-laden world.
Publisher: London : Oneworld Publications, 2016
ISBN: 9781780749501
1780749503
Branch Call Number: 330.905 NORBE
Characteristics: 246 pages : charts ; 25 cm

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danielestes
Sep 28, 2016

Progress by Johan Norberg is as informative and straightforward as they come. While making his case, the author doesn't waste any of the book's economy on literary flourishes or unrelated tangents. His intent is to persuade you that the world is getting better, in every respect, using arguments that cover 10 wide-ranging topics: Food, Sanitation, Life Expectancy, Poverty, Violence, the Environment, Literacy, Freedom, Equality and the Next Generation.

The facts are all there. If you're predisposed to believe the opposite, that the world is digressing, then I challenge you to take another look. One that necessitates an honest, open-minded assessment based on data on not on feeling alone.

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